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It’s all over, Ambode floors Agbaje in Supreme court
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

It’s all over, Ambode floors Agbaje in Supreme court

Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Lagos State Gubernatorial Aspirant, Mr. Jimi Agbaje now has to take his case against Lagos State Governnor and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate to God, as the Supreme has declared that the election was free, fair and credible.

In a landmark unanimous judgement, the learned Supreme Judges stated that the case brought to it by Agbaje was a waste of time because his political party, the PDP did not join him in the suit. The judges were accepting the position of Ambode’s Lawyer, Mr. Wole Olanipekun, SAN that Agbaje had suddenly become and orphan, since his party had refused to back his journey to the Supreme Court.

The Judges stated that the role of the political party was crucial in a multi-party democratic setting and since only the party can determine its candidate, Mr. Agbaje could not have presented himself for election as an independent, it therefore dismissed his case and upheld the judgement of the lower courts affirming Ambode as the duly elected Governor of Lagos.

Reacting to the victory, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode  described the Supreme Court ruling as a welcome development, saying that the people’s mandate which was expressly demonstrated on Election Day has been reaffirmed by the highest court in the land.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, said “the decision of the Supreme Court has put all issues on election matters to rest once and for all”.

“Our Government is thus poised without further delay to provide the needed leadership to justify the confidence reposed in us, especially with the ruling coming in the wake of the swearing-in of members of the State Executive Council.”

Governor Ambode also commended the Judiciary for its consistency, saying that “the ruling has further proven the judiciary to be the critical institution that could further deepen our democratic values”.

“We have in the last four months embarked on reforms in the judicial and security sectors based on our conviction that these are the fundamental organs on which any government can carry out its duties optimally; we believe this is the way to go, we won’t relent until we achieve our goals to make life more comfortable for our people irrespective of creed or colour”, the Governor said.

It would be recalled that following Governor Ambode’s victory at the April 11, 2015 polls, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje filed a petition at the Election Petitions Tribunal challenging the victory at the polls.

The Tribunal had on Wednesday, July 1, struck out the petition filed against the election of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode of the APC by the PDP candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje following a preliminary objection filed by the counsel to the APC Candidate, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

The Appeal Court also on August 26, upheld the ruling of the State Election Petitions Tribunal and also ordered the PDP candidate to compensate each of the respondents in the sum of N50, 000 each.

With the Supreme Court ruling putting to bed the issues surrounding the April 11 elections, Governor Ambode reiterated his call on the opposition to move beyond partisanship and join hands with his administration to move Lagos to the next level

 

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